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Viewing Wi-Fi Details in Snow Leopard

In Snow Leopard, hold down the Option key before clicking the AirPort menu. Doing so reveals additional technical details including which standards, speeds, and frequencies you're using to connect, as well as what's in use by other networks. With the Option key held down and with a network already joined, the AirPort menu reveals seven pieces of information: the PHY Mode, the MAC (Media Access Control) address, the channel and band in use, the security method that's in use, the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication) measurement, the transmit rate, and the MCS Index. In Leopard, some, but not all, of these details are revealed by Option-clicking the AirPort menu.

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Scrivener NaNoWriMo ’11 Trial Now Available

If you’re embarking on the task of writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November — also known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo — Literature & Latte offers a special NaNoWriMo 2011 trial version of its Scrivener writing software.Show full article

DealBITS Drawing: Win a Tom Bihn Cadet Laptop Bag

Seattle-based laptop bag designer Tom Bihn has a classy new bag designed expressly for Apple laptops — if you’re lusting after a new laptop bag, enter this week’s DealBITS drawing.Show full article

Lion Frustrations? Don’t Forget TinkerTool

Sometimes you just have to use undocumented under-the-hood settings. TinkerTool is a safe and reliable way to do so.Show full article

How to Lose and Recover iCloud Data

It’s all too easy to make a simple mistake and lose important data stored in iCloud forever. Here’s a technique to recover your information, assuming you have it backed up on your Mac.Show full article

Apple’s Planned Obsolescence Schedule

We’ve all said that Macs last longer than Windows-based PCs, but for how long a span does Apple provide major operating system support for older hardware? And what about iOS devices: do they have a radically shorter support lifespan?Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7 November 2011

Notable software releases this week include Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor, Premiere Elements 10 Editor, Sandvox 2.2, and Aperture 3.2.1.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 7 November 2011

To continue your technology reading for this week, we have a bunch of interesting links, including thoughts about sandboxing in the Mac App Store, Macworld Expo’s name change, MacTech’s benchmarking of Parallels Desktop 7 and VMware Fusion 4, upcoming fixes in iOS 5.0.1, and Amazon’s addition of ebook lending for Kindle device owners in the company’s Prime program.Show full article

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